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Coming of Age | Coming of Age

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Aug.15.2013
A Cuban Summer is a humorous coming of age story, built on the premise that it was complicated to grow up a boy in the Havana of the Fifties.  Tony de la Torre, the main character, is thirteen when the story starts. He is somewhat shy with girls, he’s obsessed with sex, and at...
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Jun.13.2013
In the second act of this unfolding epic, the shepherd boy Desta is catapulted from his remote and isolated valley into a wider world. He pursues his dream of a modern education and vows to fulfill the destiny of his family by reuniting the twin Coins of Magic and Fortune. To accomplish this...
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Jun.03.2013
"Elegantly constructed and lovingly, tenderly, savagely written... the most harrowing portrait of American boys careening into manhood that I've ever read. And the truest." - Benjamin Whitmer In Tacoma, a circle of friends finds their leader in Will Wilson. Together, they drink, they get high, they...
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Mar.27.2013
If Holden Caulfield had grown up in an age of environmental politics he might sound like Cute Eats Cute's 15-year-old narrator. Set in a Midwestern town at the turn of the millennium, Sam's mother embraces Wicca, his dad dials in talk radio, and his eco-warrior friends shift into hyper-drive as the...
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Mar.11.2013
A moving and riveting epic novel--a family saga, spanning three generations and dealing with their dark and mysterious past, set in a magical mountainous countryside, in a world of monkeys, goats and spirits. Desta, a seven-year-old boy and Abraham, his middle-aged father, are on separate but...
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Nov.26.2012
A memoir of adventure, tragedy, family and faith, and a daughter's navigating the wilderness of an Alaskan river and of her own heart. When her parents are killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska’s remote Arctic, author Shannon Huffman Polson is forced into a wilderness of grief. Her quest for healing...
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Nov.14.2012
Humorous, romantic, and full of the turmoil of becoming an adult, All Your Pretty Dreams asks the question: How do I know who I am? And when I find out, who will accept me?  When Jonny Knobel is called home to play his accordion in the family polka band, his mood sinks. He learned...
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Nov.05.2012
Hi-Dong Chai and Jana McBurney-Lin, the award-winning author of My Half of the Sky, turn their hands to a remarkable story of a family and country torn apart by outside forces. The time is 1942, the place is Japanese-occupied Seoul, Korea. Fifteen-year-old He-Seung is full of fire,...
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Nov.04.2012
IRON weaves a compelling coming of age tale set during the agony of the Soviet Union. Rape, prison and death are always around the corner. Every day is a new game of Russian roulette. There is no tomorrow. Rebellious, savage and hungry for love and all things real, Zabrisky's characters live on...
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Jul.16.2012
Juno meets Under the Tuscan Sun It's senior year, and while Kenzie should be looking forward to prom and starting college in the fall, she discovers she's pregnant. Her determination to keep her baby is something her boyfriend and mother do not understand. So she is sent to Spain, where...